Saturday, April 23, 2016

Natl Poetry Month, Day 19, Tainted Heroes

  Tainted Heroes

 Where have all the heroes gone?
Like those within our youth
The ones we admired
From which we sought the truth,

Righteous deeds


We praised in ink and song

Erected on the pedestal,
Gods that walked alone

Were they all illusions?
Just some fantasy,
Or does youth wane to wisdom,
Thus reality

Tarnish stains the purity
Deceit destroys the soul
One by one they’ve fallen,
Bloody pieces on the floor

Immortality reverts to sin
Veracity yields to lies
Heroes of our making,
Human traits survive

Are they just reflections of what we want to be?
We bear their cross of failure,
 Mass liability

Men are men
Who sweat and toil with human frailty
They live and die with dignity,
Not immortality

From innocence to worldliness
The measure we have gained
Today there are no heroes,
We are what remain

©Wayne Adam 2003

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